This time I have selected some very dark animations for your pleasure. One thing that all these animations have in common is that they deal with the more unpleasant or worrisome aspects of our lives. No cheerful mice or penguins doing the Charleston to be found in this lot.
The first one, created by Jonny Lawrence which is called Mothlight deals with a young boy trying to get to sleep, and in the words of Jonny, it is basically a study in light and shade.
Whilst it is a very short film, and nothing nasty happens, it still manages to create an atmosphere that is spooky and laden with the idea that something horrible is about to happen. Quite clever to manage that in a film that only lasts 1 minute and 20 seconds.
Anyhow, here it is, watch it and see what you feel about it.
Next on the list is a very odd film called The Passenger, which was made by Chris Jones. I am not sure quite what to make of this one – it is truly strange, the story line is equally odd. The drawing style seems to be a pretty standard sort of computer rendered animation, and if it wasn’t for the setting ( a dark and gloomy street) one would expect it to be a cheerful little film about a character walking home whilst reading a book – which is exactly what is happening, but then it takes a turn for the worse, and starts to be downright Gothic and alarming…. I shan’t spoil it for you by describing it further, but I would simply say it is very well worth passing some seven minutes in the company of the very odd hero of this little film…. Enjoy it!
And now for a truly weird film, a sort of Cyber Punk (ish) film, which on the surface is about a machine, a sort of robot, wanting to become human, and failing…. On the technical level, this is a truly remarkable film, and one that its maker – Andrew Huang – has every reason to be very proud of.
And on the level of its story, he has succeeded very well also. The motivation of his robot, and its struggles to become human are horribly easy to see and identify with, and its ultimate failure is depressing…
A complex and intriguing film I think you will find, so click away and see what you think of it.